Why We're Actually So Confused On How To Fuel Our Bodies
Updated: Apr 21, 2020
I feel like we live in a day and age where we’re bombarded with weight loss diets and “good” foods and “bad” foods that we don’t know what the eff to eat. We’re not even listening to what our body is telling us and what it’s craving. We’re getting so many mixed signals from social media and USDA that we’re constantly changing our minds as to what is good and bad. When in reality, food is fuel and how you choose to fuel your body is your choice.
Society has this notion that we all need to be eating the same things in order to be healthy. That there is a right and a wrong way to eat.
Well guess what? All of our bodies are so different from each other that there’s not one magic diet to get us all to optimal health.
Some people find their body works best under a certain “diet.” And when I say diet I don’t mean in a restrictive sense, but rather we all have our own individualized diet/lifestyle and the way we eat like paleo, veganism, keto, plant-based, vegetarian, medeterranian, etc.
So when I was at a health and wellness fair the other day and saw this poster- well the title for one got me pretty heated.
Part of disordered eating is stemming from developing a fear of certain foods and then feeling guilty for eating those “bad” foods. So when this poster says “Eat This...Not That!” It’s instilling the notion that you should be fearful of these bad foods and the harmful effects they could potentially possess.
It’s also only looking at food at face value. What about the ingredients? Fresh fruit smoothies, kind bars, dried fruit pieces, even kale chips could be hiding just as much sugar as their counterparts. Also, what about context? What if you’re out with your friends for ice cream and want to get a milkshake. Or at the movies and want to get some candy? No one wants to eat a kind bar at the movies. But with this information right in front of you, it’s easy to walk away feeling guilty for eating the “less healthy” option.
But life is all about balance. Find a way to get your veggies in daily, but also enjoy the items on the “not that!” list.
In my opinion, eating a whole wheat sandwich with nut butter is no better than a bagel with cream cheese- just different.
Eat what you know is good for your body. Read ingredients and just pick the option with the most whole, clean ingredients but don’t put guilt on yourself for eating things out of the norm or deemed a little “unhealthy” for you. There are no “good” and “bad” foods. All food is fuel, but even if you choose not to eat something or fuel your body a certain way, like paleo for me, know that’s totally okay and that you’re doing what’s best for you.
Overall, don’t listen to this bullshit. Don’t let others tell you what you can and can’t eat. Nobody knows your body better than you do.